This quiz comes from Robert Bligh. See how well you do. Make sure you write down your answers and, when applicable, give reasons for your answers.
An “Education Improvement” Quiz
1. Which item in the following list is different from the others, and why?
a. National Defense Education Act of 1958
b. Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Title I) of 1965
c. Education of the Handicapped Act of 1975
d. A Nation at Risk Legislation of 1983
e. By the Year 2000 Legislation of 1994
f. No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
2. Which item in the following list is different from the others, and why?
a. Federal law governing public elementary and secondary education
b. Personal attributes of students enrolled in local schools
c. Quality of local administrators and administration
d. Quality of local school district governing boards and governance
e. Quality of local teachers and instruction
f. State law governing public elementary and secondary education
3. Which item in the following list is different from the others, and why?
a. The creation of a film or musical production
b. The creation of a nutritious meal from raw ingredients
c. The education of children in public elementary and secondary schools
d. The production of aluminum from bauxite ore
e. The production of steel from taconite ore
f. The training of lawyers in accredited public or private law schools
4. When “high-achieving” school districts are compared to “low-achieving” school districts, which characteristics are consistently different?
a. The personal attributes of the members of the student body
b. The quality of administration
c. The quality of curriculum and curricular materials
d. The quality of governance
e. The quality of instruction
f. The quality of the physical facilities
5. When “high-poverty” school buildings are compared to “low-poverty” school buildings, which of the following alternatives is consistently true?
a. Average academic achievement is higher by a predictable margin in “high poverty” buildings.
b. Average academic achievement is higher by a predictable margin in “low poverty” buildings.
c. Variation in average academic achievement is unrelated to student poverty.
End of quiz.
Did you write down your responses?
1. a. NDEA was the last successful federal education initiative. (All of the others have been total failures)
2. b. Students are the only widely variable input in public K-12 education.
3. c. All other “producers” can choose the quality of the raw materials. Not so in public education.
4. a. Students are the only widely variable input in public K-12 education.
5. b. Academic achievement is strongly inversely correlated to poverty.